(Closed) FLOWERS HELP! Am I being sold a bill of goods??

posted 6 years ago in Flowers
Post # 2
336 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

find another florist. maybe she isnt fleecing you, i dont know but carnations are always used as fillers to help with the cost. i would get at least 2 to 3 more estimates. you dont sound sold on this vendor. if you are not confident with a vendors honesty, it will bug you to no end. check out your other options.

Post # 3
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2017

When i was in High School Carnations were our schools flowers, they do break so easy, but if thats what you want thats what the florist should give you…Idk i’m not a Carnation fan at all but like I said if thats what you want, then tell her so…

Post # 4
274 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: garden/backyard - July 9, 2016

Yeah I would get a second and third opinion.  I have never heard that about carnations – they are usually used as a workhorse in arrangements and such because they last forever and look amazing en mass…and they are cheaper so you can afford to do it.  Sounds to me like she’s just looking at how to make the most money off of you.  Let us know how it turns out!

Post # 6
3080 posts
Sugar bee

My daughter wanted centerpieces made of flower balls, on top of tall, cylinder vases. We showed the florist the photos we had of balls made of mostly carnations and mostly hydrangeas. She said the ones with mostly carnations would be more expensive, since they needed more and they’re a lot smaller. She ended up with hyndrangea with added roses (English Garden?). At the end of August, peonies would have been $35 per stem.

Post # 7
361 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

Roses are there go to. I hate them and they are always very expensive. I think you know she is taking advantage. Here is an article on cheap flower you might like. https://www.theknot.com/content/top-ten-inexpensive-flowers

I went with succulents because I simple did not want to pay the flower costs. I have a brooch bouquet and the girls will have butterfly bouquets. It was so much cheaper and my bouquet really mean something. 
Ok my tangent sorry. Find another florist. I was told to look a 3. A good number. Without having too many options. 

Post # 8
209 posts
Helper bee

My florist had no problems adding carnations for bulk.  She’s pretty skilled and did not mention anything about them being difficult to work with.  I love carnations and think they get a bad rap!

Post # 9
8499 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

If you want something as elaborate as that arbor I would expect to pay a minimum of $500 just for that piece. That’s extremely full and labor intensive.

Post # 10
1305 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

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mrs5150:  I also know that florists use wire sometimes to reinforce stems on flowers that break more easily in order to avoid breakage in arrangements. I say look for someone else because this florist is just looking to make the most $ out of you, and she might not do a great job if she’s already giving you so many excuses/alternatives.

Post # 11
13 posts

I find you save with hydrangeas.  Carnations are cheap, but you have to have a lot of them to fill the same, so they end up costing more then you’d think.  Have you considered DIY’ing to save money?


Post # 12
13 posts

It seems like she’s a bit inflexible.  I think hydrangeas are the cheapest route becuase of their size.  Carnations are small, so it takes a lot to fill the space.  So in the end, you end up spending more.

Have you thought about DIY’ing to save money?

Post # 13
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

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Westwood:  I would say even more than $500. I’m spending $500 on flowers, and that is only for my and bridesmaids’ bouquets, corsages and boutineers, AND I’m doing them myself (purchasing the flowers from a wholesaler–our centerpieces are included in our venue contract). That is a lot fo flowers that have to be prepared, made into a garland, and stored properly until they can be attached to the arbor. 

Also, she might have said it has to be wrapped because of the weight of the flowers. I can’t imagine that velcro is going to be able to hold up a garland of that size.

Carnations do snap easily. 

All that being said, it is always a good idea to get multiple quotes. What is your flower budget?

Post # 14
160 posts
Blushing bee

Are you opposed to baby’s breath?  It can be a good filler, fits your color scheme, and is inexpensive.

Post # 15
6605 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

It wouldn’t hurt to get a second opinion, but I do tend to believe that carnation stems are stiff and not really the best for a garland like that. 

I would expect this garland to be very very heavy, hence the velcro you use to hold up a christmas garland wouldn’t cut it.  I would also expect a garland like the one in your photo to be very, very expensive. PP have estimated $500 but I think that’s a low estimate (and if you’re somewhere like San Francisco, Boston or NYC I would think you’re looking at $1000 or more).  That’s an awful lot of flowers, and a heck of a lot of manual labor.

Your best bet would be a mix of high-quality fakes and real fresh flowers. 

You may want to ask the florist to show you what they can offer in your price range rather than using a highly stylized Style Me Pretty photo as your starting-off point. A lot of the stuff on SMP is in price ranges that very few of us can even dream of.

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